SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Carmen Policy is out as the San Francisco 49ers' president, a stunning move that could signal Eddie DeBartolo is about to regain control of the club he co-owns with his sister.

Policy said today he resigned in order to pursue other unspecified opportunities. He is expected to seek an executive position with the expansion Cleveland Browns, who will begin play in 1999.

Larry Thrailkill, chief operating officer of the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation, will take over as the team's interim chief executive.

Former coach Bill Walsh, who led the 49ers to three Super Bowl titles, had been mentioned as a likely candidate to replace Policy on at least an interim basis. But Walsh was not included in the interim management team announced today, and Thrailkill would not comment on a possible job for Walsh in the future.